Nichols is running for Wake County Commissioner.
The group that is endorsing him met at Raleigh's old Murphey School, which was the city's first school to be integrated.
Three former superintendents are part of a group called Educators for Nichols. The group says Wake's rapid growth means commissioners must be willing to fund Wake Public Schools and figure out ways to get things accomplished with the school board.
"Therefore, I do believe that the county commission and the members of the commission will have to work especially hard with the board in order to serve all of the students in Wake County," said Del Burns, former Wake Schools superintendent.
Nichols hopes that with the help of educators, he can get the county back on track.
"Folks like this are willing to help," Nichols said. "We're gonna have to find a way to pull our community together, partisanship aside, and get our schools back on track because that's the key to this community, to its economic development, to its quality of life."